In my series of Life as an IT student I write monthly about my experience as a student in IT, studying ‘Informatica’ at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. This is not my first nor the only study I studied. Before I started with this study in IT, I have studied for three years ‘Media & Entertainment Management’ at Inholland University of Applied Sciences and a year of ‘Law’ in part-time at the same university as well. And inbetween the Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, I have studied ‘International Bachelor Arts & Culture Studies’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
It’s a lot …
For the courses I follow, the project we undertake and extra curriculum stuff, I need and read a lot of study books and documents. Many books are written about specific subjects, some books are more general. This weekend I made a list of books I use(d) for study and/or are related to study… over 50 books!
Hereby the first list of required books I use(d) during my study ‘Media & Entertainment Management’.
‘Auteursrecht in hoofdlijnen’ written by N. van Lingen (only 2nd hand available)
‘Basisboek Communiceren’ written by Olav Severijnen / Mart Bakker / Nicole Pas Publisher: ThiemeMeulenhoff bv Bol.com: NL
‘Basisboek Crossmedia Concepting’ written by Indira Reynaert / Daphne Dijkerman Publisher: Boom Lemma Uitgevers Bol.com: NL
‘Communicatie Handboek’ written by Wil Michels Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers Bol.com: NL
‘De Muzikantengids’ written by J. van der Plas Publisher: Django Music & Publishing Bol.com: NL
‘Flow’ written by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
Publisher: Harper Perennial Amazon: US | Bol.com: NL
‘Grondslagen van de Marketing’ written by Bronis Verhage Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers Bol.com: NL
‘Marketing Communication Strategy’ written by Ko Floor / Fred van Raaij Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers Bol.com: NL
‘Marketing Strategie’ written by Ruud T. Frambach / Edwin J. Nijssen Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers Bol.com: NL
‘Organisatie en Management’ written by N. van Dam / Jos Marcus Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers Bol.com: NL
‘Projectmatig werken’ written by Stijn Schenk / Jan Verhaar Publisher: Boom Lemma Uitgevers Bol.com: NL
‘Statistiek om mee te werken’ written by Arie Buijs Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers Bol.com: NL
‘The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide’ written by Anthony Q. Artis Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Amazon: US Bol.com: NL
‘Trends’ written by Fons Maenhoudt Publisher: Fons Maenhoudt Bol.com: NL
‘Vlekkeloos Nederlands’ written by D. Pak Publisher: Uitgeverij Pak Bol.com: NL
‘Wat is onderzoek’ written by Nel Verhoeven Publisher: Boom Lemma Uitgevers Bol.com: NL
This film is about intelligence services, politics, attacks and attempts of attacking and it is quite realistic. Well it seems realistic from a citizen point of view. A life at an embassy in a foreign country and what if a war – be it partially digital – is going on and you seek safety at an embassy. Those questions pop up when you are watching the film. Because the story is about a group of agents who are formed together as a special unit with a special mission to get another special agent out of his – for the agents a foreign – country. The story-line is very complex, it doesn’t look like it at the beginning but every little aspect plays a role which gets clear in the last five minutes of the film.
The first part of the film is well thought-through, every character get its form and there is a lot of violence. Now and then good combat and towards the end of the film it is too much and too quick, no slow-motions in combat and too quick play. Especially the plot which is told in just five minutes. And then you realise the beginning was a start of flashback storytelling. It was not that clear to me in the first part of the film.
The main character, a genius agent named Silva, is played by Mark Wahlberg. He plays a very good role of this high energetic, now and then aggressive and quiet, character. There is rarely a dull moment in the film but the actions are a bit too quick. And how the character named Silva is in the end is like…too easy or is it because he is a highly intelligent person and was one of the most intelligent characters in the film plot? The rest of the characters are not so in-depth explained.
In my reviews I am writing in descriptive facts and if the story was clear.. Not telling about the story itself too much – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film.
The new year is already for two months on its way, so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2018! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.
Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (March, 5th, 2018).
The list sorted by release date
The release date is the date expected to be released in theatres in The Netherlands unless otherwise mentioned.
4th, You Were Never Really Here
25th, The Maze Runner | The Death Cure – James Dashner
1st, 12 Strong – Dough Stanton
8th, Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James
22nd, Every Day – David Levithan
23rd, War with Grandpa – Robert Kimmel Smith
1st, Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
12th, Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer
28th, Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
29th, Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
4th, A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
16th, The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
31st, Lean on Pete – Willy Vlautin
14th, Love, Simon – Becky Albertalli
14th, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – John Callahan
3rd (USA), The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
9th, The Meg – Steve Alten
16th, Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
17th (USA), Three Seconds – Börge Hellström and Anders Roslund
21st (USA), The House with a Clock in its Walls – John Bellairs
27th, The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
28th (USA), Little Women – May Alcott
4th, Boy Erased – Garrard Conley
11th, First Man – James R. Hansen
11th, I Still See You – Daniel Waters
19th (USA), Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
8th, Book Club – book related
15th, Fantastic Beasts | The Crimes of Grindelwald – J.K. Rowling
28th, The Grinch – Dr. Seuss
29th, The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz
13th, Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve
20th, Mary Poppins Returns – P.L. Travers
To be announced in 2018:
Angels Four – David Nott
Ashes in the Snow – Ruta Sepetys
Beautiful Boy – David Sheff, Nic Sheff
Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
Down a Dark Hall – Lois Duncan
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Mary, Queen of Scots – John Guy
Monster – Walter Dean Myers
Ophelia – Lisa Klein
The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook
The Aspern Papers – Henry James
The Bell Har – Sylvia Plath
The Black Hand – Stephan Talty
The Long Home – William Gay
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
We the Animals – Justin Torres
Zeroville – Steve Erickson
Anno 2019 – All new to the list! Some books are already coming next year!
Total = films
January 25th (USA), The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
March 1st (USA), Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness
October 11th (USA), The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Unknown exactly, but announced – Total =
I have previously written about films in 2016 and 2017 and unknown coming ups in the blog post: Books to Films in 2016. This list underneath here is an addition to the unknown list.
A Book of Common Prayer
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Great and Terrible Beauty
All the Bright Places
An Ember in the Ashes
Blood of Eden
Blood Red Road
Born to Run
Climb to Conquer
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Depth of Field
East of Eden
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
Facing the Wind
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
I Would Tell You, But Then I Would Have to Kill You
In the Garden of Beasts
It’s What I Do
King of Heists
Let It Snow – John Green e.o.
Lie Down in Darkness
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Love May Fail
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
Men of Granite
One Last Thing Before I Go
Queen of the Tearling
Shadow and Bone
Sorta Like a Rock Star
Struck by Genius
The Age of Miracles
The Alchemist | Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
The Bell Jar
The Billionaire’s Vinegar
The Bone Season
The Chronicles of Narnia | The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis
The Crowded Room
The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
The Divergent Series | Ascendant – Veronica Roth
The Emperor’s Children
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Giant Under the Snow
The Good Lord Bird
The Grapes of Wrath
The Graveyard Book
The Infernal Devices | Clockwork Angel
The Invisible Man
The Iron Trial
The Looking Glass Wars
The Night Circus
The Psychopath Test
The Raven Cycle
The Rules of Inheritance
The Scorpio Races
The Secret Life of Houdini
The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll
The Silent Wife
The Sky is Everywhere
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Thin Man
The True American
These Broken Stars
Three Little Words
Three to Kill
Why We Broke Up
You Shall Know Our Velocity
Which film are you looking forward to, to see in theatres this year?
The year 2018 is already for a month on it’s way and this is my book statistics overview of 2017. Not as many pages and books as in the previous two years but that’s because I’m in the middle of my study programme and achieved a Propedeuse in Software Engineering. I think I have even read more pages in total in articles, tutorials, written code and so on…than all the book pages of the read books of 2017.
The list of 2017
Books total: 32 books
Pages total: 5241 pages
Shortest book: 36 pages ‘The Hedge Knight | Issue 6′ [EN] written by George R.R. Martin
Longest book: 569 pages ‘The Definitive Guide to Yii‘ written by Qian Xue
Average length: 164
Most popular: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ written by J.K. Rowling
My book review of “Ginevra | An Italian Love Story” written by Simone van der Vlugt
In my view…
The story of this book is an Italian legend. This book is shaped by a fictional story written around a real existed person named Ginevra degli Almieri. She was a young adult living in Florence ca. ~1396. She was ready to grow up, fall in love with a man and marry him. But the habits and behaviors in a noble family that was common in that era, did not make it easy to marry the one you love. This is an Italian historical love story and it mostly written like you would expect a love story to be written. But a certain, true historical, event takes place and you can imagine what happens to all the characters and the citizens of Florence. It is just a particular part during that event that starts shaping the Italian legend of Ginevra degli Almieri It is not a story really comparable to other stories I have read so far. How would I imagine how the characters are dressed, how they behave, how the streets of the city looks like…. and so on. There is a map included in the book just before the start of the first chapter. But I did not understand the drawn footsteps on the map. Now I do understand that it has everything to do with the particular part during the true historical event. And how I imagine the characters? I think of The Vampire Diaries dresses and carriages, the Downton Abbey noble behaviors and the streets of Florence, the Duomo and The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and some churches I have seen myself during a summer holiday in Florence back in 2014. The story with the legend of Ginevra is one everyone should read if you (have) visit(ed) Florence.
Writing style / spelling
In the book I have not found any spelling or grammar mistakes so it was a nice to read. Also the pace of the story quickens up towards the end and this turns the story from a historical novel into a thriller part. And it ends as a historic novel so it is not a spliced book. But really wow that thriller part because I did not expect at all such a situation nor have ever read it anywhere else. Cleverly written!
The main character is Ginevra degli Almieri who is the daughter of the noble family of Bernardo degli Almieri. There are two famous Florence families alongside this noble family. This is the Alberti family consisting of Guiscardo, Fiametta – Ginevra’s good friend, Luigi, Emilia, Matteo, Ludovico and Massimo. The other important family is the Rondinelli family existing of Pietro, Chiaria, Catarina and Antonio Rondinelli. Also the noble man who owns quite a palace with several entrances – reminded me of the Medici palaces -, Francesco Agolanti, plays an important role.
There are several side characters but if I would reveal them all I would give away how they are all related to the story.
I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion.
During my holiday last week in Edinburgh, Scotland, I discovered a poster about ‘The Choir of Man’. They perform several nights in the theatre during the ‘Edinburgh Fringe Festival‘. They have covered the song “Some Nights” which is originally sung by ‘Fun‘ and is already a couple of years old.
But this video is a nice cover. You hear the different voices, the pitch and this is all really good combined together. As well as their accent which is quite different from the original but therefore it gives it their personal touch. A song sung in their own style. If you are in Edinburgh, I recommend to go watch their performance and listen to their beautiful voices, combined together as a real men’s choir.